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The Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related education program, sponsored by Civics First; Advancing Democracy and Law Education in Connecticut, which introduces students to the American Legal system and provides a challenging opportunity for personal growth and achievement. As part of the Mock trial program, students demonstrate their critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as basic skills learned in the classroom. All OLM students in the 8th grade are involved in one of the following roles: witness, attorney, bailiff, researcher, or court reporter.


Through participation in mock trial, students gain practical understanding of the way in which the American legal system functions. While learning the details of trial process and procedure, students also develop important lifetime skills: critical analysis of problems, reasoning, listening, oral presentation and extemporaneous argument. Mock trial provides an active learning opportunity for students and requires a high level of cooperation among participants.
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